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Frosty and Festive in Tunbridge Wells Countryside

Frosty and Festive in Tunbridge Wells Countryside

D Hodgkinson

Christmas Fairs Around Tunbridge Wells

We’ve written up a handy check list of what is going on during the Christmas season in the rural borough of Tunbridge Wells. This includes fairs and markets in the glorious countryside where we are surrounded by the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  • Pashley Manor Christmas Shop, Tunbridge Wells23 November – 3 December: Pashley Manor Gardens Shop open for 11 days for Christmas shopping including cards and gifts. The rest of the estate is closed for winter though.

  • 24 November: In the historic hilltop village of Goudhurst, on Friday evening an event that combines the High Street shops staying open late in conjunction with a Christmas Fair is being held. Visit the pretty shops lit up around the village duck pond and indulge in some country Christmas cheer. Shops include gifts, ladies-wear, books, beauticians, but also the three cosy pubs, The Vineyard, The Star and Eagle and Hush Heath-owned Goudhurst Inn.  Of course don’t miss out a peek at the lighted church towering over a fabulous view to reminding us of our old English traditions.Goudhurst, Tunbridge Wells

  • 26 November: 3pm – 6pm Paddock Wood is holding a Christmas Market and Tree Light Switch On event, with free family entertainment provided by KMFM and local music and dance acts – join in the family fun!

  • 29 November: The Spa Hotel grandly overlooks the Royal town and Tunbridge Wells Common. This year it is hosting the Christmas Collective II shopping event, offering gifts from handpicked companies who invite you to buy their unique wares. A real boutique market in a luxurious setting. Have a glass of fizz or afternoon tea in the stately rooms of this old hotel. 

  • 2 December: In possibly one of the prettiest villages in Kent, this Christmas Fayre is always held on the first Saturday of December in Matfield Village Hall. Come from 1pm till 3.30pm to enjoy live Christmas music, wreaths, Christmas decorations, homemade chutneys, mince pies and Santa Claus!

  • 3 December: Who can resist this? The Mercure Hotel in Pembury has a Baubles and Bublé Sunday Lunch extravaganza. Make sure you book soon, it's bound to fill up quickly.Mercure Hotel, Baubles and Buble Christmas Dinner, Tunbridge Wells
  • 3 December: Hotel Du Vin Royal Tunbridge Wells is holding a “Port, Chocolate & Cheese Tasting” at 5pm.  What a thoroughly delicious way to start the festive season!

  • 8 December: The town known as The Capital of the Weald, Cranbrook, is holding a Christmas late night shopping event. Organised by the local community and local retailers, it will be held in the old Vestry Hall, a quirky stone building in itself. Naturally, there will be some tasty local produce to sample too.

  • 9 December: In ye olde smuggler town of Hawkhurst, from 3pm-7pm, there will be very Merrie Yuletide activities, late night Christmas shopping, stalls and shops open for your purchasing pleasure! And such a pretty town too.

  • 9 December: in the teeny tiny village of Horsmonden, once such an important centre of gun-making, a Christmas Festival and Craft Market will be held around the green at 2pm until 6pm. This is a fairly small community event.

  • 9 - 24 December: The Christmas Experience 2017 at Bewl Water Lamberhurst, welcomes Father Christmas and his elves who are returning to this gorgeous country park in the Weald of Kent. Come and make your memories special here this year.

Bringing Christmas to Bewl Water 2017

  • 23 December: Saving the best till last, the Special Tunbridge Wells Christmas Farmers Market will be outside the Town Hall from 9am – 2pm. You can pick up your goodies, fresh vegetables and last minute handmade gifts too!

For more, more, more see Tunbridge Wells is Christmas and Christmas Shopping in Tunbridge Wells

Here you can find a map of the borough too so you can see where these places are and for furhter information about these villages go to the Explore pages.

We hope you enjoy all that Tunbridge Wells has to offer and come back again soon with friends and family. Merry Christmas to you all!

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